Lemon Lava Cakes & Mother’s Day Gift Guide – A few weeks ago on one of our 10 mile NYC walks, we saw on one of those moving carousel advertising signs as we were walking to our car on Madison Avenue, a video showing a lemon cake that looked like a lemon version of the popular chocolate lava cake. It stopped me in my tracks, obviously. Have I been living under a rock? How have I not heard of lemon lava cakes?
I sure wish I could share these with my friends Mary Ann and Cindy! Make sure to check out their Mother’s Day gift guides! Links at bottom of the post!Print
Lemon Lava Cakes
Lemon Lava Cakes! They are sort of like chocolate lava cakes, but much easier to make and so good if you love lemon!
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cook Time: 12 minutes
- Total Time: 27 minutes
- Yield: 6 1x
- Category: dessert
- Method: easy
- Preheat oven to 425°
- Prepare six 6-oz. ramekins with butter.
- Melt the chocolate and the cubed butter in a small heat-proof glass bowl over a pot of water. (Or you can use a double-boiler) over medium heat, stirring constantly until melted, about 5 minutes. Scrape into a large bowl.
- Stir in flour, sugar, and salt. Whisk in eggs, egg yolks, lemon zest, lemon juice, lemon essential oil, lemon curd, and vanilla.
- Pour batter into prepared ramekins and set ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes until edges are golden brown and the center is just beginning to set (it should still look a little soft).
- On each cake, run a knife around the edge to loosen and carefully flip ramekin onto a dessert plate. Let stand for a minute or two, then lift off ramekin, easing cake onto a plate.
- Dust cakes with powdered sugar and serve warm.
Every oven is a little different, but over baking will cause the filling to become more custard-like.
Keywords: lemon, desserts, lemon cake, cake, lava cake, lemon desserts
Ingredients for Lemon Lava Cakes
And now for the Mother’s Day Gift Guide
Every item on this gift guide is something I have and love or would love to have! Okay, I don’t need a new bike, but I have admired this one from Serena & Lily ever since I worked at the Westport store a few years ago. Let’s go through the list!
1. A Plant in a pretty pot
A plant in a pretty new planter – Need I say more? I love plants and wonder how I lived so long without a house full? Oh sure I had little ivy plants and kalanchoe plants, but not the way I have plants in my house now. I wrote this post that illustrated just what a difference plants make in the look (and feel) of our home. Tending to my plants is something that I find relaxing and purposeful. I do it once a week and I set aside a little time, turn on my diffuser with a lovely, earthy, and citrus blend, and turn on my favorite playlist as I tend to my plants.
2. A New S’well Tumbler
I love to have a pretty tumbler that I can keep it my desk or take with me on the road, this is the one I want!
3. A Smeg Tea Kettle
I’ve had my Smeg tea kettle for a few years and it’s one of the smartest purchases I’ve made. First, I admit I love the brand and the look of Smeg. But it’s also practical. I love that they come in an assortment of colors and finishes! A Smeg Tea Kettle in matte champagne!!
4. A New Pair of Sneakers
5. The Aria & Desert Mist Diffusers
Two years ago I gave up my scented candles and started diffusing instead. It was a big deal to me to give up candles, but once I learned how toxic they are, I had no problem giving them up!
Even The Little Book of Hygge has this to say about candles: “Hyggelige as the Danes may be, there is one serious drawback to being crazy about candles: the soot. Studies show that lighting just one candle fills the air with more microparticles than traffic in a busy street.”
Why not give your mom or sister a diffuser instead? I love the Aria diffuser, but I also have the Desert Mist diffuser which has a candle flicker setting. There are many blends using essential oils that replace your favorite candle like the popular volcano candle at Anthropologie.
You can read more about why I love essential oils and diffusing in this post. If you are ready to buy a starter kit or ditch your candles with a bundle designed just for that, you can click here or here. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can customize a bundle just for you or if you have questions, it can seem a little confusing at first, but I can help! And it’s fun!
6. A bike basket
7. PUBLIC® Bike
8. A Piece of Original Art
S w e d i s h R e d
How happy would your mom (or you) be with a piece of original art for Mother’s Day? I love my friend Nancy Sharpe’s approach to art. Art that makes you happy! Isn’t that the best? And when you visit her website, The Ciderhouse Studio, it’s the feeling you get as you look at all of her art. She has many pieces to choose from in all sizes and some like I have that is from a series called “Love on Linen.” This one is 12×12 and called Modern Posey. It’s perfect to include on a gallery wall or on a shelf. You can read more about Nancy and her studio in this post!
I just got The Always Pan because both my sister and my daughter have raved about it. I first saw it on Nesting with Grace. It really is the perfect pan that is like having three pans in one! And right now it’s on sale. And it’s available at Nordstrom. I ordered mine and picked up the next day curb-side at my local store!
10. Woven Potholders
My talented friend Karen has spent the last year of the pandemic making woven potholders. They are so beautiful and her colors and collections are stunning! She recently sent me a photo of how she’s using the small ones for under her bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner and under a plant to drain. They wash beautifully and will last for years! You can visit her Etsy shop here and follow her on Instagram @a_handmade_house. She’s going to be a vendor this summer at Field + Supply.
Make sure to check out Mary Ann and Cindy’s Mother’s Day gift guides!
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